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How to Choose a Nail Gun

Posted 08-23-2013 at 09:56 AM by nailerman
Updated 08-24-2013 at 05:08 AM by kwikfishron (Removed Links)

How to Choose a Nail Gun for Your Project
You’ve decided to use a nail gun on your next project, now what type of nail gun or nailer do you need? Different nail guns are used for different applications; let’s look at some of the main types that homeowners work with:


• Framing nail gun-This type of nail gun is used for larger projects such as fencing, deck building, subflooring, and of course framing. These nailers are also excellent for projects involving plaster, as hammering can crack and loosen plaster.
• Finish nail gun-This nail gun drives 15 or 16 gauge nails and is used for crown molding, baseboards, cabinets, chair rails, wood furniture, decorative trim, millwork, caskets, hardwood flooring, furniture, and paneling. Finish nails are sturdy enough to hold these larger pieces but small enough that they can be puttied over for the finished product.

• Brad nail gun- A brad nailer drives even smaller gauges than a finish nailer. Brad nailers are used for smaller trim as larger nails can split the wood. Using a hammer to drive brad nails can be frustrating because the pins the nails are so thin that they can bend easily. A brad nailer allows for easier nailing.
Now you want to decide how you want to power your nail gun:

• Gas powered-This nail gun uses a fuel cell with a rechargeable battery. This nailer does not require a compressor, hose, or cord, which makes it convenient. However, this is a more costly way to power your nailer.

• Electric powered-This nail gun comes with a cord that is plugged into an outlet. This nailer does not require a compressor, however you are limited to the location of electrical outlets.

• Air powered or pneumatic- This is the most popular choice as it is a cheap, powerful, and convenient way to power your nail gun. This nail gun uses compressed air to drive nails. If you choose pneumatic make sure that the air requirement for the nail gun and the compressor match up, ensuring your nail gun will work properly.


Don’t forget to consider the brand when making your decision as a trusted brand will usually lead to less jams and repairs. Nail guns can greatly speed up a job, allow you to drive nails into hard to reach areas that aren’t accessible with hammer and nail, as well as drive smaller nails without the frustrations of bending or breaking. Nailgundepot.com offers a wide selection of nailers so check us out, and good luck on your next project!
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